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Old 07-11-2019, 07:37 PM
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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...stops-n1028991

Four hours ago.

It took over a 1000 hours of work to uncover this guy's misdeeds. How many more are out there, doing this and not getting caught?


During most of these stops, the deputy would turn off his body camera and “tailor his recordings to conceal his criminal activity,” authorities said.
A former Florida sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday after authorities alleged he planted drugs and falsely charged dozens of innocent motorists after pulling them over under the guise of a minor traffic stop.

Jackson County Deputy Zachary Wester was taken into custody in Crawfordville, about 20 miles south of Tallahassee, after a yearlong investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement revealed that he frequently stopped drivers for minor traffic infractions and then covertly planted methamphetamine and other drugs in their vehicles while conducting a search, authorities said in a statement.
After “finding” the drugs, he would pin motorists with bogus criminal charges and arrest them.



Wester’s actions led prosecutors to drop charges in almost 120 cases that occurred between 2016 and 2018, including one man who lost custody of his daughter as a result of the false arrest.

In October 2017, Benjamin Bowling was falsely charged and arrested by Wester for possessing methamphetamine while driving to the store to pick up diapers, according to the arrest warrant. Florida's child welfare agency had recently awarded Bowling custody of his daughter after being released from prison on a DUI conviction, but as a result of the false arrest, he lost custody of the child.

"There is no question that Wester's crimes were deliberate and that his actions put innocent people in jail," FDLE Pensacola Assistant Special Agent in Charge Chris Williams said in a statement.
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i believe it.
glad they caught him
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Was this in Coward County? Home of the pathetic Sheriff's Dept?

I don't see how any bodycam footage can be admissable for prosecution if the bodycam itself is ever shut off and lapses recording (video or audio).
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I hope they throw that scum under the jail.
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Originally Posted by WICKEDFRC View Post
Was this in Coward County? Home of the pathetic Sheriff's Dept?

I don't see how any bodycam footage can be admissable for prosecution if the bodycam itself is ever shut off and lapses recording (video or audio).
article says Jackson County
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It takes an absolute POS to negatively impact peoples lives with a bogus drug charge.
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Where'd the cop come from? This is standard practice in Central and South America.
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better change his name to waaa waaa, because that's what he's going to be doing in the near future . . .
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Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
article says Jackson County

'Coward' as in Stoneman Douglass resource officer...'Coward'
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Originally Posted by pdiddy972 View Post
It took over a 1000 hours of work to uncover this guy's misdeeds. How many more are out there, doing this and not getting caught?
Was, and probably still is, happening in Houston. Sounds like the Florida drivers were lucky to remain alive. Same it not true for some folks in Houston.
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Wonder what his "MO" was. Did he target victims driving any type of car? Junkers, eco-boxes, high end cars? Any particular ethnic group? I would expect there would be some groups of people that he considered more susceptible to blackmail.
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Originally Posted by 68/70Vette View Post
Wonder what his "MO" was. Did he target victims driving any type of car? Junkers, eco-boxes, high end cars? Any particular ethnic group? I would expect there would be some groups of people that he considered more susceptible to blackmail.

I got that impression based on the body cam video of the lady he planted meth on.

Body cam in this link
https://www.tallahassee.com/story/ne...be/1691366001/


Kind of sad that this guy had no issues with destroying people's lives.

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I hope he doesnt drop the soap much in prison?
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Originally Posted by phileaglesfan View Post
I hope he doesnt drop the soap much in prison?
Hope he drops it every time he showers.
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Originally Posted by steve_n_houston View Post
Was, and probably still is, happening in Houston. Sounds like the Florida drivers were lucky to remain alive. Same it not true for some folks in Houston.

Missed that one - What was happening there?
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Not to take away from the wrongdoing of the deputy, but the OP article stated that many times these people were pulled over for "minor traffic violations". Why in the **** are these people agreeing to be searched in the first place? We have wide gap of understanding of rights here, from the sovereign citizen crap to, "no problem” officer, I ain't got nuttin to hide, come on and take a look see” I'm not totally suggesting that telling a criminal cop "no” is going to stop him, but it's another roadblock.

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Originally Posted by pdiddy972 View Post
Missed that one - What was happening there?
I believe he is referring to the narcotics cop that was cop planting drugs and other “evidence” in peoples houses after he and his group performed drug raids. The most recent one resulting in the death of the Tuttle's in Houston and the wounding of several officers. Huge thread on it.
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Originally Posted by Loose Cannon View Post
Not to take away from the wrongdoing of the deputy, but the OP article stated that many times these people were pulled over for "minor traffic violations". Why in the **** are these people agreeing to be searched in the first place? We have wide gap of understanding of rights here, from the sovereign citizen crap to, "no problem” officer, I ain't got nuttin to hide, come on and take a look see” I'm not totally suggesting that telling a criminal cop "no” is going to stop him, but it's another roadblock.
It would be a cold ******* day in hell before I would give permission for any LEO to search my car or house without a warrant.
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